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Posted by Thomas Nephew on January 7th, 2008

# Kenneth Pollack — Incredibly Enough, He’s Even Stupider Than You Thought (Jonathan Schwarz, “A Tiny Revolution”) — Schwarz reviews Pollack’s book “Persian Puzzle”, in which Pollack thinks it odd and irrational that Iranians were stocking up on naval equipment, which implied to Mr. “Threatening Storm” that they were spoiling for a fight with the good old U.S.A. Turns out they had a pretty decent reason for doing so — the US was sinking Iranian ships. Schwarz:

…it’s standard in government bureaucracies for people to become blithering idiots who have no idea what’s going on right in front of their face. So Pollack isn’t unusual in that regard. But it takes a special man to use his own blithering idiocy about his own country as justification to believe another country is mysterious and incomprehensible. Kenneth Pollack is that special man.

# This is the way, step inside (Spencer Ackerman, “toohotfortnr”) — Ackerman wades into Jonah Goldberg’s “Liberal Fascism” book and finds its definition of fascism overbroad, not applicable to Goldberg’s “exhibit A” — the Wilson era — even by Goldberg’s own definition. Ackerman concludes:

I’m starting to think Jonah Goldberg is not an intelligent man.

# Bad News for Mike Gravel (Jim MacDonald, “Making Light”) — New Hampshire citizen gets a two question phone call from a pollster:

“Are you planning to vote in the Democratic primary?”
“Sure am.”
“Who are you planning to vote for?”
“Mike Gravel.”
“Oh, you mean you’re going to vote in the Republican primary.”
“No, Mike Gravel is a Democrat. Two-term Democratic senator from Alaska.”
“Are you sure?

# I can press when there needs to be pressed (WIIIAI, “Whatever it is, I’m against it”) — WIIIAI observes today’s Bush interviews with Israeli television, Al Hurra, and Al Arabiya, featuring several gem-quality Bushisms:

“I can press when there needs to be pressed; I can hold hands when there needs to be — hold hands. […]

And what ends up happening in this process is that the leaders will commit, and then they’ll get their committees to work, and it gets stuck. And that’s when I’ll have to work with Condi Rice to unstick it.

Ahem. Does Laura know about this? Does she help? WIIIAI: “I’d put a joke in here, but each version of “Like the time I got my () stuck in ()” I come up with is more disturbing than the one before.”

# The Republican debates according to a 9-year old (DailyKos diarist 8ackgr0und N015e) — This guy gave his 9 year old the job of following the GOP debate on Saturday: “Follow me below the fold for the 9-year old’s rendition of a fight between Sarge, Wrinkles, Bunny Ears, Oily, Beagle Eyes and Carrot Face…” From the resulting transcript:

They are rude
Interrupt alot!

Beagle Eyes
Arrogant foreign policy
We need 400,000 troops
Don’t let politicians get involved
Leave it to military with blood on their boots. […]

John Micane never supported amnesty
Charge $5,000 to stay
attack ads

Immigrants should not be rewarded

Fight.Fight. Interrupt. Fight

Do not sent 12,000,000
Ronald Reagan on some commercial. […]

Obama doesn’t have the background to lead.

No candidate likes Obama.
Republicans don’t think he’ll be a good president.
Obama gonna win.

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